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Baltimore: Practice 1 times

Marco Andretti tops the first practice times in Baltimore, but the session was truncated after concerns with how cars were being launched into the air by railroad tracks on the front stretch.
Marco Andretti led the times after a curtailed first practice session on Friday morning, with a lap of 1:21.0211s (90.643mph) ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix of Baltimore.

As is normally the case with the first practice session of the weekend, the first half was intended to be reserved for rookies and those outside the top ten in the championship.

However the one-hour session was brought to a close after 30 minutes because of concerns with how cars were being launched into the air over the railroad tracks that intersect the front stretch. Last year the section had been ringed off using a temporary chicane, but that has been removed for this year's running.

"Biggest hit I ever had in a racecar," was Simon Pagenaud's view after being one of those caught out.

There was also a very early red flag in the session after Charlie Kimball stopped on track at turn 5 with smoke and fluid coming out of the #83.

Practice 1 times

1. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 90.643mph 1:21.0211s (7 laps)
2. #8 Rubens Barrichello KVR (C) 90.219mph 1:21.4021s + 0.3810s (10 laps)
3. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 89.791mph 1:21.7899s + 0.7688s (5 laps)
4. #5 EJ Viso KVR (C) 89.479mph 1:22.0750s + 1.0539s (6 laps)
5. #78 Simona de Silvestro HVM (L) 89.396mph 1:22.1513s + 1.1302s (8 laps)
6. #11 Tony Kanaan KVR (C) 89.247mph 1:22.2887s + 1.2676s (3 laps)
7. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 89.011mph 1:22.5067s + 1.4856s (3 laps)
8. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 88.925mph 1:22.5865s + 1.5654s (3 laps)
9. #18 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) 88.747mph 1:22.7523s + 1.7312s (7 laps)
10. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther (C) 88.678mph 1:22.8168s + 1.7957s (6 laps)
11. #19 James Jakes Dale Coyne (H) 88.534mph 1:22.9510s + 1.9299s (5 laps)
12. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 88.464mph 1:23.0164s + 1.9953s (5 laps)
13. #15 Takuma Sato Rahal (H) 88.384mph 1:23.0918s + 2.0707s (6 laps)
14. #22 Oriol Servià Panther/DRR (C) 88.356mph 1:23.1186s + 2.0975s (3 laps)
15. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) 87.185mph 1:24.2342s + 3.2131s (5 laps)
16. #2 Ryan Briscoe Penske (C) 87.029mph 1:24.3858s + 3.3647s (4 laps)
17. #14 Mike Conway AJ Foyt (H) 86.634mph 1:24.7700s + 3.7489s (5 laps)
18. #20 Ed Carpenter ECR (C) 86.02mph 1:25.3753s + 4.3542s (4 laps)
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20. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) No time
21. #38 Graham Rahal Ganassi (H) No time
22. #98 Alex Tagliani Bryan Herta (H) No time
23. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) No time
24. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) No time

Total laps: 100



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Marco Andretti on track on the streets of Baltimore. August 31, 2012. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Scott Dixon spins during practice (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
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Will Power in action during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud crosses the line at Fontana during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Will Power rolls through the Turn 6 Carousel during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on course during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mikhail Aleshin goes slightly off-course in the Turn 9 Esses during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay navigates the Turn 9 Esses during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves navigates the Turn 9 Esses during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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